Panthers Come From Behind to Top Jumbos 6-3

Nick Bermingham edged his opponent 3-2.
Nick Bermingham edged his opponent 3-2.

Knotted 3-3, the #20 Middlebury men's squash team (5-9) won three-straight matches en route to a 6-3 victory at #24 Tufts on Sunday afternoon. The Panthers are idle until February 14th-16th when they head to Bowdoin for the 2020 NESCAC Championships, while the Jumbos (4-7) have a trio of regular-season matches left.

Middlebury got on the board first when Jack Kagan earned a 3-1 victory (11-6, 11-7, 7-11, 11-6) in the fourth spot. Tufts tied the contest at 1-1 with a win in the seventh flight, before the Panthers won two-straight. In the top-spot, Nick Bermingham found himself tied 2-2 (11-8, 11-6, 8-11, 9-11), but he won the fifth game 11-6 to put Middlebury back on top. At #5, John Epley picked up a 3-0 victory (8,10,4), making it 3-1.

Tufts responded with triumphs at #9 and #3, knotting the match at three games apiece. #6 Nate Moll blanked his opponent (5,10,5) and the Panthers never looked back, as #8 Wiatt Hinton (7,8,5) and #2 William Cembalest (4,4,9) cruised to 3-0 victories.